Only a few cases of intra-abdominal migration of the surgical drain have been reported. The migration of these vital drains adds to significant morbidity and can lead to catastrophic consequences if left unattended. A 26-year-old female presented to the emergency with diffuse pain abdomen following slippage of the surgical drain into the abdominal cavity. After a bile duct injury was detected, a 28-F PVC drain was placed in the right subhepatic region during laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Because we planned for a delayed bile duct injury repair, the patient was discharged with the drain still in place. The drain was cut short, and a stoma bag was applied. During this admission, a computed tomography scan was done to accurately localize the drain and intra-abdominal collection [Figure 1a and b]. The patient did not consent for relaparoscopy, considering her prior lousy experience with laparoscopy. Even though the drain was removed via exploratory laparotomy, the patient was forced to undergo an unwelcome surgery [Figure 1c]. Drain migration has been linked to four theories: failure to properly fix the drain, cutting through the suture around the drain, low abdominal pressure, and putting the body weight over the drain. Previous reports have shown pressure necrosis of neighboring tissues, hemorrhage, perforation, fistulization, drain site hernia, mechanical intestinal blockage, and drain site infection. Intraluminal drain migration, drain passage during defecation, laparoscopic removal of intra-abdominal drain owing to “drain fracture,” and Robinson tube (24F) drain migration are some of the uncommon events described. Most of the instances recorded so far have involved Penrose and Jackson–Pratt drains. The migration of a 28-F PVC drain tube in the abdominal cavity 3 weeks after surgery made our case distinctive. This unusual phenomenon can be explained in our case by cutting the drain short and failing to reattach/reinforce the drain with a new suture. We implemented a protocol of observing the trainees during intraoperative drain fixation. We cannot really comment on cutting the drain short because there are no recommendations, but we do not think it is a wise decision. Before sending the patient home, we recommend securing the drains twice with sutures.
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